A Weissman School of Arts and Sciences Globus Event

Work and Family Challenges: Managing In the Midst of Recession

Baruch College, City University of New York

May 11, 2011

Reception 7-7:30pm

Discussion 7:30 to 9:00pm

8-210 Newman Vertical Campus Building

55 Lexington Ave (at 25th)

This panel will bring together interdisciplinary experts in work-family scholarship to discuss the influence of the recession on various work-family policies and experiences.  The goal of the panel is to encourage discussion between interdisciplinary faculty, work-life policy advocates, and students. The conversation will include both data-based presentations and broader discussions of how these scholars see the recession and/or current economic issues shaping work and family issues, trends, and challenges.


Janet Gornick, CUNY Graduate Center will discuss publicly-provided work-family reconciliation policies that operate in other countries and how these policies provide a level of security and stability during economic downturns.

Stephen Sweet, Ithaca College will discuss the difference between job security and career security and present findings on ways that job structures conflict with the career needs of a diverse and interdependent workforce.  He suggests that it may be possible to enhance career security even if access to secure jobs remains uneven.

Caryn Medved, Baruch College, CUNY will address how recent waves of corporate layoffs, shifts in women’s earning capacities and educational statuses have affected the renegotiation of marital work and family roles, specifically in the case of reverse traditional couples.

Karen Lyness, Baruch College and CUNY Graduate Center, will discuss employee perceptions of organizational work-life supports, and their relationships to job security and work attitudes during the recent U.S. economic recession.

Nancy Rankin, Senior Fellow with A Better Balance and one of the leaders of the Paid Sick Days campaign in New York City, will discuss work-family policy initiatives and how moving these legislative proposals has been affected by the current economic climate.

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